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Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Chorus to visit Yale Jan. 16

Events to include a conversation with Gergiev and a concert featuring the Mariinsky Chorus under the baton of Pavel Petrenko

December 22, 2014
Valery Gergiev | Photo by Marco Borggreve

Valery Gergiev | Photo by Marco Borggreve

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce a residency with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, on Friday, January 16, 2015.

The residency will comprise three events, all of which are open to the public: a conversation with Gergiev, an open rehearsal with the Yale Philharmonia, and a concert by the Mariinsky Chorus.

NPR calls Gergiev “a powerful force in the world of classical music” and “an unstoppable promoter of Russian culture.” The article also notes a pivotal point in his career: “In 1988, when Gergiev was in his mid-30s, he took the helm of the historic Kirov Theater, a jewel of imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. The Mariinsky, as it’s now called, has been home to Russia’s greatest performing artists: Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Nureyev and Baryshnikov. In 1892, The Nutcracker received its world premiere there.”

At noon, Gergiev will participate in an open conversation with Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music. There will be a question-and-answer period. The talk is free and open to the public, and will be held in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

Gergiev will then lead the Yale Philharmonia in a reading of two Russian orchestral works: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy and Stravinsky’s Firebird. The reading will take place 1:30–4:00 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street). The public is invited to observe; admission is free.

The day culminates in a concert by the widely renowned Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, conducted by Pavel Petrenko. The concert takes place at 7:30 pm in Woolsey Hall, located at 500 College Street (college of Grove Street), New Haven.

Tickets to the concert are $18 in advance, $20 at the door; students and children are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets are general admission and are available from the Yale School of Music box office (located in Sprague Hall), by phone at 203 432-4158, or online. BUY TICKETS

These events are made possible by the generous friendship of Frederick Iseman, a Yale alumnus and chairman of the Mariinsky Foundation of America.

About Valery Gergiev

Gergiev is “a powerful force in the world of classical music” and “an unstoppable promoter of Russian culture.”  — NPR

Valery Gergiev is Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre. He established and directs festivals including the Stars of the White Nights, the Gergiev Festival(the Netherlands), and the Moscow Easter Festival. In 1997 following Sir Georg Solti’s death, Valery Gergiev took over the World Orchestra for Peace. The maestro is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and, starting in 2015, will become Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

At the Mariinsky Theatre Gergiev has overseen the emergence of a plethora of world-class singers. Under his direction the theatre’s opera and ballet repertoires have become much richer and more diverse, now including a broad range of works from 18th to 20th century classics as well as music by contemporary composers. In 2006 the concert hall opened on the site of workshops that had burnt down, and May 2, 2013 saw the opening of the new Mariinsky Theatre (Mariinsky-II) alongside the historical building, thanks to which the Mariinsky Theatre was transformed into a theatre and concert complex unparalleled in Russia.

Established by Gergiev in 2009, the Mariinsky recording label has already released more than 25 discs that have won praise and acclaim from critics and audiences alike across the globe. He works with the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna, New York, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras and the Filarmonica della Scala. In 2014 the Children’s Chorus of Russia, founded on the initiative of Valery Gergiev on the basis of the All-Russian Choral Society, first performed a programme at the Mariinsky-II and subsequently took part in the closing ceremony of the XXII Olympic Games in Sochi.

Gergiev’s numerous awards and prizes include prestigious government decorations from Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, the Netherlands, and Poland. He is Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the St. Petersburg State University, Co-Chairman of the Organisational Committee of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Chairman of the All-Russian Choral Society, and Honorary President of the Edinburgh International Festival. In 2012 the maestro was awarded the titles of Honorary Doctor of the Moscow State University and Honorary Professor of the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire.

Schedule of Events

Gergiev in Conversation
When: Friday, January 16 at 12:00 pm
Where: Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall
470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven
Admission: Free and open to the public

Open Rehearsal:
Gergiev and the Yale Philharmonia

What: An open rehearsal of orchestral works by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky
When: Friday, January 16 at 1:30 pm
Where: Woolsey Hall
500 College Street (corner of Grove Street), New Haven
Admission: Free and open to the public

Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre

Pavel Petrenko, conductor
When: Friday, January 16 at 7:30 pm
Where: Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street, New Haven
Admission: General admission tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Students and Children: $8 in advance, $10 at the door



On January 11, the well-known conductor Valery Gergiev will visit Israel again. Under his baton, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will play two works by Dmitri Shostakovich, who himself struggled with the devil and overcame him. Gergiev, on the other hand, offered up his soul for sale, and Russian President Vladimir Putin bought and enjoyed it. Old friends from the dark days of Leningrad and the KGB are never parted. Vladi and Valery have traveled a long road together, each holding a stick in his hand.[…]

January 2nd, 2015 | HAARETZ

“…on the other hand…” ?

January 15th, 2015 | Sean

Unfortunately I was not able to attend an open conversation with Robert Blocker. I don’t have any question for Mr. Gergiev, he is devil advocate and Putin’s best friend. However I would like to ask Mr. Blocker: What is more important for you, your personal relationship with Mr. Gergiev or Yale’s reputation and who will be your next guest, some ISIS conductor?

If you want to learn more about Mr. Gergiev, read this article http://www.examiner.com/article/conductor-valery-gergiev-and-opera-singer-anna-netrebko-face-backlash-the-us

January 19th, 2015 | Dmitry Smelansky